Good morning Church and welcome! As I have mentioned before, I use the word “Church” to refer to all of us, the body of Christ, who are meeting and worshiping together, whether in the same room or far apart. Fortunately, we will be able to be in the same room again soon as we are gearing up to reopen our doors and worship in the same building once again! Soon, the body of Christ will begin to come together and work cohesively again! This morning, Pastor Dan Roukema is filling in for John again and he will be talking about those times when the body of Christ doesn’t work together as it should. As flawed humans, we are just as susceptible to infighting, harsh judgement, and biases as are our non-Christian neighbours, so how then can we work cohesively as one unit, striving together for one goal? Pastor Dan has some good thoughts on that this morning and we are blessed to have him bringing the word today, so if you haven’t already watched this week’s sermon, it is posted here on our website and also on our YouTube channel so you can watch it whenever you’re ready.
Give Thanks To God – Housefires
You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Shane & Shane
Psalm 107 says this:
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the East and from the West, from the North and from the South. Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry” (Psalm 107:1-9, ESV).
As we begin our worship together this morning, let us thank the Lord for the things he has done and the things he is doing. God has been walking with us through this pandemic, and he has made a way for us to meet in person together. Likewise, God has been changing us and bringing to light areas of our lives that we need to work on and surrender to God. Though it may be uncomfortable, let us thank him for that too.
Not Finished Yet – Chris Renzema
Sometimes we talk about the change that Christ creates in us in very past tense terms. The song “Amazing Grace” depicts this kind of language that we often use: I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” And to that point, it is undeniable that there is an initial change that comes from being found and surrendering your own life to the will of the Father. However, the change that happens in us is also a process. Receiving new life means that we are constantly growing, reforming, and learning how to live into the person that we are being recreated to be. Just as it is a choice we make every day to follow Christ, change will be happening in us every day until we are reunited with the Father in our permanent home. We are still learning how to effectively be the body of Christ and we are still learning how to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to God. Let us try to lean into the change and work with God instead of fighting to stay as we are.
No One But You – Hillsong Worship
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
Fortunately for us, it is not our job to create change in ourselves. That’s not to say that we should fight against it or say “God, this is your problem” and walk away, but we are not responsible for the change that is happening in us and it is not by our own power that we grow. As we go into our next week, let us remember that the God who created the mountains and the seas is the God who is changing us, and he is changing us for the better. I pray that as we identify the change that is happening in our hearts and in our communities, that we would have the courage to work with God instead of fighting against him. May we seek to grow together so as to more effectively function as the body of Christ and therefore serve God to the best of our abilities.
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!